Buddhist group steps in to support hospitals


Khoo (middle) donating medical equipment to Penang Hospital and the field hospital.

PENANG Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia has donated medical equipment to Penang Hospital and the field hospital at the hospital’s car park in George Town.

The charitable organisation gave the hospital 960 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits, 1,950 pieces of personal protective equipment and 3,000 N95 face masks.

Society commissioner Datuk Khoo Boo Leong said they would also donate 2,000 isolation gowns and 3,000 N95 face masks to the adjacent field hospital.

“Tzu-Chi volunteers will also set up 10 canopies on the walkway to provide shade for patients and medical personnel.

“We want the frontliners to take care of the Covid-19 patients with peace of mind.

“Our founder Venerable Master Cheng Yen taught us to seize every opportunity to do good deeds,” he said.

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was earlier quoted as saying that the field hospital would be set up by the army and Health Ministry.

He said the decision to set up the field hospital was mooted after Penang Hospital reached its critical capacity due to the increasing number of cases.

The field hospital has ICU equipment and respiratory facilities.

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